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Chapter 5

1Then I saw lying in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a roll with writing on both sides, sealed with seven seals. 2And I saw a mighty angel announcing in a loud voice,

“Who is fit to open the roll and break its seals?”

3But no one in heaven or on earth or underneath the earth could open the roll or look into it. 4Then I cried bitterly because no one could be found fit to open the roll or look into it. 5But one of the elders said to me,

“Do not cry! See! The lion who is of the tribe of Judah, of the line of David, has been victorious so that he can open the roll and break its seals.”

6Then I saw standing in the center of the throne and of the four animals and of the elders a Lamb which seemed to have been slaughtered. He had seven horns and seven eyes; these are the seven spirits of God, which are sent on errands to all parts of the earth. 7He came and took the roll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8When he took the roll, the four animals and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each with a harp and gold bowls full of incense, that is, of the prayers of God’s people. 9Then they sang a new song:

“You deserve to take the roll and open its seals, for you have been slaughtered, and with your blood have bought for God men from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation, 10and have made them a kingdom of priests for our God, and they are to reign over the earth.”

11Then in my vision I heard the voices of many angels surrounding the throne, the animals, and the elders, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12saying in a loud voice,

“The Lamb that was slaughtered deserves to receive power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory, and blessing.”

13Then I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, underneath the earth, and on the sea, and all that they contain, say,

“Blessing, honor, glory, and power to him who is seated on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever!”

14The four animals said,

“Amen!”

And the elders fell down and worshiped.

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